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Magic And You Essay

  • Submitted by: ayamirose
  • on December 8, 2008
  • Category: History
  • Length: 784 words

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Magic is everywhere. From the magic of your first kiss, the birth of a new baby, to the magic of imagination, there is truly no place that you can’t find magic. But, there is also the type of magic that comes from the unknown. For the people of Salem, Massachusetts, it was the only way to explain what they didn’t know. But, what really is magic and where did it originate? Who were the accusers and the victims and, theories on the reasons why.
Magic is easily known as the fear of the unknown, and its role in making our day to day life easy or difficult, created witches and their craft. According to scholars of witchcraft, it was a belief system whose origin is the oldest of all the other religions. It actually dates 40,000 years back to Paleolithic period. Not only has it been evolving since then and its present form is quite different from what it was a thousand or five thousand years back. It most likely didn’t have its’ current name though. In more recent times, Witchcraft was known as ‘craft of the wise’ as the wise persons were those who followed the path of nature and were in tune with its forces, had the knowledge of herbs and medicines, gave wise counsel and were held in high esteem as Shamanic healers and leaders in the village and community. So, not all magic/witches are as evil as many people would have believed them to be.
One of the very first victims was a West Indian slave named Tituba who amused the minister's 9 year old daughter, Elizabeth Parris and her 11 year old cousin, Abigail, with witch craft, tricks and spells and tales of the occult. While winter wore on, the girls began to show signs of odd sicknesses. When the village doctor called and could find nothing physically wrong with the girls, he concluded that the evil hand was on them. Mr. Parris begged the affected girls to name the witches, and so Elizabeth blurted out the name of Tituba and other names such as Sarah Good, a despised pipe-smoking beggar, and Sarah Osborne, who had...

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